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      Subject: UNIFEM Press Release: UNIFEM CALLS FOR URGENT ATTENTION TO
      GLOBAL PROBLEM OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
      Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 19:55:14 -0600
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      For immediate release
      24 November 2003

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      UNIFEM CALLS FOR URGENT ATTENTION TO GLOBAL PROBLEM OF
      VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

      One in Three Women Worldwide Could Suffer
      Violence
      Directed at Her Simply Because She is
      Female

      United Nations, New York — One in three — this staggering figure sums up
      the crisis confronting women throughout
      the world; one in three women could be raped, beaten, coerced into sex
      or otherwise abused in her lifetime. At an event
      today to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against
      Women, UNIFEM and women advocates urged
      the world's governments to put the full weight of their moral, legal and
      economic power behind efforts to end violence
      against women.

      "The scale of the problem vastly exceeds the resources committed," said
      Noeleen Heyzer , Executive Director of
      UNIFEM. "Over the last decade, it is amazing how much has been achieved
      with so little investment. But it's no longer
      enough. There are countless overworked and understaffed women's
      organisations that are still the main actors in the
      struggle to end violence against women. For us to sustain the progress
      that has been achieved, it is critical that the
      international community - governments, foundations, the private sector -
      match the level of resources with the scale of the
      problem."

      Ms. Heyzer pointed to the extraordinary changes that can take place with
      small amounts of support, as UNIFEM has
      learned through managing its Trust Fund for Actions to Eliminate
      Violence Against Women. Trust Fund grantees, with
      $50,000 to $100,000 have, among other innovative projects, worked to
      secure agreements from communities to stop female
      genital mutilation, and spurred the passage of important laws and
      policies. "Unfortunately, however, even with a solid record
      of results, securing sufficient resources for the Trust Fund to support
      the innovative ideas being generated remains a
      challenge," she added. "Since it was set up by the UN General Assembly,
      the Trust Fund for Actions to Eliminate Violence
      Against Women should be treated like other global funds set up to
      address worldwide priorities. It is a mechanism that
      must be taken more seriously if we want to deal effectively with
      violence against women and provide a secure environment
      for women. The sec! urity of women is the best indicator of the security
      of our future."

      Mrs Nane Annan , in her opening remarks, spoke of the urgency of dealing
      effectively with violence against women, and
      of how United Nations conferences have been instrumental in bringing the
      issue into the open. Adding that it was just as
      relevant today as it was four years ago, she reiterated what her
      husband, Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary General,
      said at a world conference on ending violence against women in 1999 -
      "Violence against women is perhaps the most
      shameful human rights violation. And it is perhaps the most pervasive.
      It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or
      wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real
      progress towards, equality, development and peace."

      Also speaking at the event was Ms. Yolanda Jimenez , Commissioner of the
      New York Mayor's Office to Combat
      Domestic Violence, which works closely with grassroots organisations
      serving immigrant communities in New York. She
      said that violence against women was a global issue also within the
      local context of New York city, given that one in four
      New Yorkers is foreign-born."$112 million is spent annually by the City
      to combat domestic violence. Mayor Bloomberg
      made a firm commitment from the beginning of his administration to
      dealing effectively with the problem. We are working
      hard to enforce laws prohibiting domestic violence, and to provide
      services for victims, including language services through
      grassroots organisations that have a genuine understanding of the
      victim's culture. This is essential since immigrants
      routinely encounter language barriers; concern over immigration status,
      fear related to child custody and financial
      repercussions when reporting domestic violence," she said.

      Grantees from UNIFEM's Trust Fund for Actions to Eliminate Violence
      Against Women shared their experiences on
      working to eliminate violence against women in their communities. Lydia
      Alpizar , an activist who works in Cuidad
      Juarez, Mexico, on the campaign to end impunity for the murders and
      disappearances of young women, described how
      important it was to keep the international spotlight on the issue, while
      Jivka Marinova of the Bulgarian Gender Research
      Foundation, spoke about her organisation's strategies to involve men and
      youth in changing attitudes and removing
      stereotypes about gender relations. High Court Judge of Tanzania,
      Nathalia Kimaro , highlighted the work that is being
      done to sensitize the judiciary in Tanzania on violence against women,
      and train judges to use international treaties and
      human rights conventions when ruling on cases in the courtroom.



      More information on the event "Not A Minute More ? Time to Act" is
      available on UNIFEM's Web site: www.unifem.org



      UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations, providing financial
      support and technical assistance to innovative
      programs promoting women's human rights, their economic and political
      empowerment, and gender equality in over
      100 countries. For more information, visit www.unifem.org .

      UNIFEM, 304 East 45th St, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017, tel: 212
      906-6400, fax: 212-906-6705


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